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Bettman Has Done His Job

from Jeff Z. Klein of the New York Times,

They look at the bottom line and marvel at the job he has done. During Bettman’s tenure, N.H.L. revenue has grown from $400 million a year to $3.3 billion.

“He’s in charge,” said Jonathon Gatehouse, whose book“The Instigator: How Gary Bettman Remade the NHL and Changed the Game Forever,” the first in-depth biography of Bettman, was recently published. “It has been a gradual process over 20 years and has accelerated since his victory in the last lockout.”

He continued: “Had he failed to deliver in 2004-5, he wouldn’t be the commissioner anymore. But he did, and he has made them tons of money. If he wins this around, I think he’s emperor for life.”

At a time when another big-time commissioner, Roger Goodell of the N.F.L., seems like a tailback desperately navigating a broken field of competing owners, Bettman comes off quite differently. He is the undisputed captain of his team, ready to be as rough in the corners as he needs to be to win.

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WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

Vomit.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from Where the GM likes his team. on 09/29/12 at 12:48 PM ET

DrewBehr's avatar

Klein is either a lawyer or writing for Forbes.

And he talks sh!t about Goddell - who just resolved the replacement ref situation in a matter of days after fan/critic pressure got to be too much to bare. As hockey fans, we WISH we had a commissioner that gave a damn about how we feel. Bettman will cancel an entire season if he and the owners don’t get every last penny they crave.

That was a horribly tough article to read.

Posted by DrewBehr from The Mitten on 09/29/12 at 01:00 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Jeebus, did Klein get aching knees and a crick in his neck after meeting with Gary.Ass?

Sure sounds like it.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 09/29/12 at 01:01 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

We can call him an ass and an arrogant prick all we want, (and he is), but when you go from 300M to 3.3B, you’re certainly on the verge of being “emperor for life”. That’s an increase of 1,000%, isn’t it? (I suck at math)

I don’t care how you look at it, that’s damn impressive.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 09/29/12 at 02:25 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

They look at the bottom line and marvel at the job he has done. During Bettman’s tenure, N.H.L. revenue has grown from $400 million a year to $3.3 billion.

I’m no economist, but I believe the Canadian dollar now being equal to the US dollar accounts for the majority of this increase. I know the New York media love them some Bettina, but not even the genius that is little Gary, can take credit for this….......or can he?

Posted by Down River Dan on 09/29/12 at 05:39 PM ET

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revenue has grown from $400 million a year to $3.3 billion.

I’m no economist, but I believe the Canadian dollar now being equal to the US dollar accounts for the majority of this increase.

Not only aren’t you an economist you can’t do math either. While the Canadian dollar has increased in value in comparison with the US by over 25%. This increase in revenue is over 800%!!

Posted by timbits on 09/29/12 at 06:41 PM ET

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